I have seven years of experience working in mental health. I worked in medical clinics providing therapy for those who cannot afford it, I was the adolescent therapist for an inpatient hospital where I provided groups and therapy for teens struggling with suicidal thoughts/behaviors, addictions, and chronic mental illness. I have also worked in hospitals providing assessments, outpatient programs, residential facilities, as well as a youth and family counselor in King and Snohomish County.
I received my LMHCA in Washington after finishing the Masters of Psychology program at Seattle University. I received my Bachelors degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where I studied psychology and philosophy. I currently work in my private practice, as well as a behavioral therapist at Center for Human Services. Because of my background, I believe that I am able to truly sit with someone else's suffering, and walk with them while they find themselves.
I have written and presented research papers at symposiums and conferences. Topics ranged from the existential experience of psychosis and chronic mental illness, self-deprecating humor in therapy and stand-up comedy, and the meaning of teen trauma and anxiety from the works of Rollo May and Soren Kierkegaard. I also sometimes offer free classes for parents and teens around depression, gaming, and other prominent issues facing the community.
Outside of mental health, I am a gamer who enjoys playing online and board games. Feel free to ask me what I’m playing! I’ve been on some leader boards in the past and even was part of a team. This helps me connect with those who play video games for fun, or struggle with gaming addictions as I help find balance between game life and everyday life while addressing emotional concerns therein.
I also enjoy stand-up comedy, skateboarding, making coasters, Legos, live performances and theater, old films, listening to podcasts, and fitness/yoga.